Brides Can Drip in Jewels for Less, Thanks to Rent it Rani

I sincerely wish that I had known about Rent it Rani when I was a bride-to-be because it is a high-end jewelry rental service that ships anywhere in the continental United States.

How ‘Get Out’ Reminded Me of My Failure to Stand Up For My Black Lover

I once had the privilege of falling in love with the most handsome, smartest, and most importantly, kindest human being in the world. He also happened to be a Black man in America, who took on a brave task: dating a Bengali urban-American whose family was so deeply infected with colonialism and hypocrisy.

Dear My Main Man: A Daughter’s Letter of Love to Her Father

Dear My Main Man,

I write to you because out of every helping hand I have received in this world, yours is the one with the most impact. You receive the least amount of credit and praise for the things you do. You’ve always stood back and let me shine or run in the rain knowing I always get caught up in a storm. You’re always stepping in when I call for you, knowing you can’t be more than a few feet away ready to comfort me in your arms as you have been doing for years. It’s time that light radiates on who you are and the love that you have shown me.

7 Must-Visit Beaches for Every Beach Bombshell!

The UCSB started my love affair with the beach so here’s a full list of locations everyone needs to visit in California!

‘Kali:’ A Poem on Having Dark Skin

When I was 5, my father told me to stay under a roof, lest the evil, evil hands of the sun touch my skin.

When I was 10, my mother discreetly replaced my Pears soap bar with a foul blend of turmeric, milk, and wilfulness, to be refilled every morning.

Overcoming Today’s Pakistani Desire to Look Arab

Some Pakistanis – at least in London where I am – pretend that they have Arab heritage. This is a fact that I’ve never really questioned until recent years when I became more curious, confident and knowledgeable of my own lineage. Why do some of us lie about our bloodline?

Fashion, Trends, and Style: A Conversation with Priya Chhabria

In the glamorous world of fashion, Priya Chhabria talks about styling, trends, and the faux-pas!

Mom’s Homemade Butter Chicken: A Timeless Classic in the Kitchen

Since I am a butter chicken enthusiast, it only felt right that I shared my favorite recipe.

Get Fit While Having Fun with These 5 Couples’ and Partner Workouts

As summer goes on, it can be easy to get lost in the ice cream, tanning, and margarita slump. Sometimes, you can forget entirely about the gym and working out. I have found that a good way to combat this is to make working out fun – make it an experience. And the best way to do that? Do it with that someone special. Because everyone knows…couples who lift together, stay together.

With My Mental Illnesses, One Thing Led to Another

I have dealt with substance abuse, an eating disorder, and I still struggle with depression and anxiety today. My mental illnesses are very interconnected and I’m slowly tackling them, one at a time. I think many people have trouble understanding how all of these can occur at once. I often hear from people that I did this to myself or that I’m seeking attention. There’s so much stigma around mental illnesses and I hope by being open about mine, I can help erase some of that stigma.

Sisters Separated By Caste – A Review of ‘The Color of Our Sky’ by Amita Trasi

Imagine not knowing you share the same blood as the low-caste girl your family adopted. The one that is a few years older but always dutifully providing you her company. Your mother admonishes your father for bringing this girl of a lesser societal status home, but for you, she’s practically a sister.

Overcoming Today’s Pakistani Desire to Look Arab

Some Pakistanis – at least in London where I am – pretend that they have Arab heritage. This is a fact that I’ve never really questioned until recent years when I became more curious, confident and knowledgeable of my own lineage. Why do some of us lie about our bloodline?

The 9to5 Misfits Learn Some Interesting Things from a Non-Immigrant

The secret’s out — we’re immigrants! Gaasp! Quelle horreur! In the last episode, we recounted our experiences of coming to America and navigating life in a new country. It was no cakewalk, but we eventually managed to become comfortable in our own skin and assimilate, while also staying true to our Indian roots.

‘Spread Your Legs’: A Poem on Sexual Harrassment

Spread your legs, man.
It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing pants,
a dhoti,
just your kacchi,
speedos
a thong
no underwear
who cares?
Spread your legs

Ramadan Brings Couples Closer Together —That’s What I’ve Always Thought

I’ve always thought the month of Ramadan, the time to worship and not indulge so much in worldly matters, would strengthen one’s bond, make hearts flutter with each other’s commitment to God.

The 9to5 Misfits Talk About Their Experience Immigrating to the U.S.

For Pavi and Nammy, being immigrants in a new country was rough — having to suddenly change their name, accent, dress, mannerisms, and even handwriting felt more like being spies on a covert mission than normal teenagers trying to fit in.

Dear Single Ladies: You Are a Brilliant Wonder Woman

For single desi women in their 30s and 40s, the comments from others just keep on coming and coming and coming. No matter how many times you hit them, they keep on coming, like tennis balls out of a machine. At some point, you just want to throw your racket away and run.

#WeDoBelongHere: Why I’m Still Proud to Be American, Despite Stereotypes

Every Fourth of July, when the Internet (or at least my corner) is abuzz about the hypocrisy of the United States celebrating a history of violence, war, and discrimination, I feel a little guilty for enjoying the day.

The Travel Ban Isn’t New: America’s History of Restrictive Immigrantion Legislation – Part II

Indians revel in their successes in America since the doors opened but completely gloss over the struggles and racism experienced by the first Indians who immigrated. Pioneers like Dalip Singh Saund, who lobbied and fought for citizenship rights for Asians and the struggles of the San Francisco-based Gadar party are all but unknown to the Indian American community.

The Travel Ban Isn’t New: America’s History of Restrictive Immigrant Legislation – Part I

“GET out of my country” is what the white, Navy veteran Adam Purinton is alleged to have said before shooting and killing Indian Srinivas Kuchibhotla and wounding Alok Madasani in Austin’s Bar

Dear Everyone: My Culture is Not a Costume For You

The same kids that thought my traditional clothing was weird, that my food smelled funny and who assumed my culture was barbaric, are now walking around wearing bindis, matha pattis (headpieces) and saris, raving about how their life has changed after throwing some turmeric in their latte.

Meet Tony Brar: Champion Hockey Player and Budding Sports Reporter

Tony Brar is a 25-year-old Television Broadcasting student from Edmonton, Alberta. Born…

Brown Girl of the Month Nivedita Kulkarni Found Her Authentic Self and Won Herself Stardom

Nivedita Kulkarni is a writer, actress, and comedian based in NYC. She was recognized as a rising Asian American performer in Hollywood by HBO’s East of Main Street. Nivedita has worked in development at Segal NYC, is a nominator for the 2017 Kilroy Awards, and can be seen on TV & commercials nationwide.

A Rendevous with Rupi Kaur and Her Riveting Performance

Rupi Kaur’s formerly self-published collection “Milk and Honey” has sold 1.4 million copies around the world and is currently into its 16th printing edition.

Delhi-Based Prateek Kuhad’s Story on Rising International Face for Indian-Indie Music

Performing all over the world, taking the stage at music industry showcases and high-profile events like SXSW, CMW, BIGSOUND, Music Matters, and Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, Prateek Kuhad is rising as an international face for Indian indie music.

South Asian Dance Teams Bring Mental Health to the Stage

In fact, when it comes to people suffering from mental illnesses, an effective way to help them cope may actually be dance. Since the mid-1990s, dance therapy has actually been an approved form of treatment for those suffering from severe cognitive problems, according to the American Dance Therapy Association.

Libyan-American, Malak Kikhia, Makes it her Job to Show the Positive Side of Muslims

by Cathy Cassata – Follow @browngirlmag The following post was republished from Healthline…

The Journey East: How Queens Native Prashantt Guptha Broke into Bollywood

A native of Queens, New York, Guptha moved to Mumbai to live out his Bollywood dreams. However, his journey has not been easy.

Meet Shinjini Das: A ‘Go-Getter’ Girl Devoted to Women’s Empowerment

by Alicia Chinatomby – Follow @aliciac_7 – Shinjini Das’ riveting “Go-Getter Girl”…

Hasan Minhaj’s ‘Homecoming King’ is the TED Talk/Comedy Fusion You Need to See

Through self-deprecating humor and biting cultural insights, Hasan Minhaj helps the audience experience something unique: coming of age in America—in brown skin.

Sonali Pai Revolutionizes Children’s Programs with STEAM-Based Learning

“STEAM is the new STEM,” says Sonali Pai, making reference to the addition of ‘arts’ to traditional STEM-based curriculums.

Fashion, Trends, and Style: A Conversation with Priya Chhabria

In the glamorous world of fashion, Priya Chhabria talks about styling, trends, and the faux-pas!

5 Ways to Handle Frizzy Hair this Summer Season

The insane amounts of heat and humidity this summer also had me thinking about the frizzy hair I experienced while I was away in Bangkok last year.

Drag Queen Alex Mathew Talks About Co-Existing Identities, Fashion, and Maya

Drag for him is more than just a performance art. It Involves baring the deepest recesses of his mind, the one that society tries to intimidate him into repressing.

Feel Like Royalty in Your Turban and Make it Your Floral Crown

The floral turban is used to express our artistic and colourful side.

The Brown List: Staff Picks for June 2017

It’s summer time and BGM is turning up the heat with our fabulous staff picks. We’ll have you beach ready in no time with exclusive beauty DIY’s and product recommendations that are catered to YOU!

Why I’m Struggling to Accept My Body Hair, but I’m Still Trying

I’m not like other girls. And when I say this, I don’t mean it in a condescending way…

5 Beauty Products Every Girl Needs This Summer

There are ways you can enjoy the patio weather and the glories of the perfect summer skin, and it all depends on the beauty products you use.

Friends Groups Spends Hours Getting Ready To Look Exactly Like Every Other Girl At Party

CHICAGO, IL – A stick of red lipstick, some intense hair straightening, and a simple swipe of cat eyeliner later, the girls getting ready at Apt. 908 are ready for their Uber heading to Naina Khanna’s birthday party.

Trending Now: The Summer Breeze and Graphic Tees

You may have noticed a sudden spike in the number of graphic tees in stores, online, and in Instagram posts—even in places you may not have expected!

4 Fail-Proof Tips for a Better Slumber

I knew exactly how to get my sleep cycle restarted again.

Ayana Arts’ Show, ‘In Full Bloom,’ to Provide Platform For Multicultural Identities

yana is centered around the belief that our identity is fluid, constantly challenged and redefined, but unified through art– no matter one’s career, interests, heritage, background or religion. Instead of comparing ourselves to one another searching for the right way for us to express our multifaceted identities, we come together to create new and thought-provoking art that expresses our collective identity.

The ‘Baaghi’ Teaser Released And it Ensures Pakistan Won’t Forget Qandeel Baloch

Baaghi doesn’t seem to be interested in telling the story of a beaten-down girl who was subsequently corrupted into an immoral character. Instead, it wants to tell the story of a headstrong and resilient girl who took her circumstances and created a name for herself.

Harry Potter: The Boy Who Keeps on Living

Harry Potter still holds the power to make people read, and technology takes a backseat. Whether it was via Hermione’s intelligence or Dumbledore’s wisdom, the significance of knowledge was always evident.

Riz Ahmed’s Stance Against Media Stereotypes and Lack of Representation

Ahmed has spoken out against limited roles for actors of color in both television and film, stating numerous times he would rather be poor than play stereotypical characters.

20 Years Since Harry Potter Made a Special Place in My Heart

by Jessie Brar – Follow @jessieebrar Harry Potter has a special place in my…

Feminism in Bollywood: Where are the Women Behind the Camera?

With one-dimensional portrayals of women, watered down messages of gender equality, and preachy speeches, the films failed to make an impact.

Kumail Nanjiani’s ‘The Big Sick’ is a Unique Love Story With Universal Truth

Love is hard. That’s an undeniable fact. But, as many South Asians and other minority communities know all too well, acceptance can be much harder.

The Journey East: How Queens Native Prashantt Guptha Broke into Bollywood

A native of Queens, New York, Guptha moved to Mumbai to live out his Bollywood dreams. However, his journey has not been easy.

Swet Shop Boys: A Discussion on Representation, Politics, and Entertainment

We are fans of the Swet Shop Boys, but not gullible fans. Judging by the music of these two mystics, they wouldn’t want us as to be anything but critical.

Hasan Minhaj’s ‘Homecoming King’ is the TED Talk/Comedy Fusion You Need to See

Through self-deprecating humor and biting cultural insights, Hasan Minhaj helps the audience experience something unique: coming of age in America—in brown skin.

Dear My Main Man: A Daughter’s Letter of Love to Her Father

Dear My Main Man,

I write to you because out of every helping hand I have received in this world, yours is the one with the most impact. You receive the least amount of credit and praise for the things you do. You’ve always stood back and let me shine or run in the rain knowing I always get caught up in a storm. You’re always stepping in when I call for you, knowing you can’t be more than a few feet away ready to comfort me in your arms as you have been doing for years. It’s time that light radiates on who you are and the love that you have shown me.

Get Fit While Having Fun with These 5 Couples’ and Partner Workouts

As summer goes on, it can be easy to get lost in the ice cream, tanning, and margarita slump. Sometimes, you can forget entirely about the gym and working out. I have found that a good way to combat this is to make working out fun – make it an experience. And the best way to do that? Do it with that someone special. Because everyone knows…couples who lift together, stay together.

With My Mental Illnesses, One Thing Led to Another

I have dealt with substance abuse, an eating disorder, and I still struggle with depression and anxiety today. My mental illnesses are very interconnected and I’m slowly tackling them, one at a time. I think many people have trouble understanding how all of these can occur at once. I often hear from people that I did this to myself or that I’m seeking attention. There’s so much stigma around mental illnesses and I hope by being open about mine, I can help erase some of that stigma.

5 Healthy Hacks for Your Booze This Summer

Suns out, guns out! Time for the rooftops, beaches, and patios. But what are you drinking? Here are five hacks to help you order something on the “healthier” side!

Reasons Why My Father is an Undercover Feminist

At face value, my dad is a traditional Punjabi, conservative and serious father who just wants the best for his daughter. Yet over the years, all of the guidance he has provided me and all of the choices he has made for me have all screamed feminism. The decisions he made in raising me would make Sheryl Sandberg proud; however, his behavior was never meant to work towards feminism or gender equality — it was just a great externality.

20 Years Since Harry Potter Made a Special Place in My Heart

by Jessie Brar – Follow @jessieebrar Harry Potter has a special place in my…

Stories of Stigma: Three Generations of Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Over the years, people have become more open about their mental health. We are slowly chipping away at the stigma associated with mental illnesses, but we still have a long way to go.

Anxiety runs in my family and each generation has had a very different experience with their mental illness. Three generations of women have lived and survived generalized anxiety disorder.

I Woke Up Next to a Rape Survivor

I woke up this morning next to a rape survivor. She was preparing for her first day in a new position.

The Travel Ban Isn’t New: America’s History of Restrictive Immigrantion Legislation – Part II

Indians revel in their successes in America since the doors opened but completely gloss over the struggles and racism experienced by the first Indians who immigrated. Pioneers like Dalip Singh Saund, who lobbied and fought for citizenship rights for Asians and the struggles of the San Francisco-based Gadar party are all but unknown to the Indian American community.

The Travel Ban Isn’t New: America’s History of Restrictive Immigrant Legislation – Part I

“GET out of my country” is what the white, Navy veteran Adam Purinton is alleged to have said before shooting and killing Indian Srinivas Kuchibhotla and wounding Alok Madasani in Austin’s Bar

How ‘Get Out’ Reminded Me of My Failure to Stand Up For My Black Lover

I once had the privilege of falling in love with the most handsome, smartest, and most importantly, kindest human being in the world. He also happened to be a Black man in America, who took on a brave task: dating a Bengali urban-American whose family was so deeply infected with colonialism and hypocrisy.

Poem: ‘What Middle Class?’

i am calculating how many more hours i
need to sit at this desk
how many more rich white folk i need to
drive around this city
to their tasteless and expensive bars
just so i can pay my rent

How to Put the Diva in DivaCup: An Original Manual

It’s made from silicone and is BPA free, plastic free, color free, odor free, and basically, the perfect way to be nice to the environment because you can reuse the thing.

Open Letter to Shibli Zaman: Survivor-Shaming Does Not Honor Nabra Hassanen

Would you also consider surviving members of the Grenfell Tower blaze not deserving of living because perhaps they fled while the whereabouts of some family members are still unknown? Would you apply this same harsh logic to the surviving girlfriend of Philando Castile, because she witnessed the brutal shooting of her boyfriend before her very eyes and was unable to stop the murdering officer?

Malala is on Twitter and Everyone is Freaking Out

After all of Malala Yousafzai’s accomplishments, it’s her entry into the Twitter world that has us all so amped up and excited.

The 9to5 Misfits Learn Some Interesting Things from a Non-Immigrant

The secret’s out — we’re immigrants! Gaasp! Quelle horreur! In the last episode, we recounted our experiences of coming to America and navigating life in a new country. It was no cakewalk, but we eventually managed to become comfortable in our own skin and assimilate, while also staying true to our Indian roots.

An Open Letter to Andrew Locker and his Racist Snaps of an Innocent Sikh Passenger

The following open letter is to Andrew Locker, a student from Charlottesville, Indiana, in response to his racist Snapchats mocking a Sikh man, who was a fellow passenger on his flight.

Ayana Arts’ Show, ‘In Full Bloom,’ to Provide Platform For Multicultural Identities

yana is centered around the belief that our identity is fluid, constantly challenged and redefined, but unified through art– no matter one’s career, interests, heritage, background or religion. Instead of comparing ourselves to one another searching for the right way for us to express our multifaceted identities, we come together to create new and thought-provoking art that expresses our collective identity.

The ‘Baaghi’ Teaser Released And it Ensures Pakistan Won’t Forget Qandeel Baloch

Baaghi doesn’t seem to be interested in telling the story of a beaten-down girl who was subsequently corrupted into an immoral character. Instead, it wants to tell the story of a headstrong and resilient girl who took her circumstances and created a name for herself.

Delhi-Based Prateek Kuhad’s Story on Rising International Face for Indian-Indie Music

Performing all over the world, taking the stage at music industry showcases and high-profile events like SXSW, CMW, BIGSOUND, Music Matters, and Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, Prateek Kuhad is rising as an international face for Indian indie music.